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Curvilinear & Indigenous: the National Museum of the American Indian

May 17, 2013

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian holds one of the world’s largest collections of Native American artefacts and actually consists of three facilities: the Cultural Resources Centre in Maryland, the George Gustav Heye Center in New York, and the museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with its curvilinear architecture and indigenous landscaping. It was the latter that we visited during our Spring visit to Washington, D.C., specifically the three permanent galleries “Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities”, “Our Peoples: Giving […]

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Kids in Museums: Washington, D.C. Edition

April 29, 2013

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When I tell people we went to see 17 different museums and galleries (well, 16 + the Zoo, but it’s a Smithsonian too) during our holiday in Washington, D.C., responses have included “how can you take them all in?” and “you must be insane, and with a toddler in tow too!” First of all, we were there for two weeks and we didn’t really do much else than visit museums – D.C. is like a proverbial sweetie shop for museum lovers – so that makes […]

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{USA} National Museum of the American Indian

July 17, 2010

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{USA} National Museum of the American Indian

Despite our quest to fit as many museums as possible into our trip to Washington, D.C. earlier this year in May, we didn’t quite manage a proper visit to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. We were still, however, able to marvel at its impressive architecture. The building’s textures and curvilinear form were apparently chosen to evoke a wind-sculpted rock formation, complemented by a series of water features and plants. Here I’ve put together a selection of architectural feature in this mosaic (created via Big Huge […]

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{USA} Smithsonian Museum Marathon

May 20, 2010

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{USA} Smithsonian Museum Marathon

We’re back in Washington D.C. now for the rest of our holiday, and have spent the last three days exploring the many museums that D.C. has to offer, including the vast array of Smithsonian offerings. On our first day, we started off by popping in to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to say hello to some folk from my Smithsonian intern days. Then we made a beeline to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), where we spent a good few hours in the galleries […]

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